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Top Art Shows in London This Week: Seung-taek Lee to Ian Cheng

Emissaries Guide - Narrative Agents and Wildlife, 2017, Ian Cheng
(Courtesy of the artist and Serpentine Galleries)

An array of new exhibitions opens this week in London from White Cube’s exhibition of the Korean artist Seung-taek Lee to a group exhibition celebrating women artists at Victoria Miro. Blouin Artinfo curates a list of must-see art shows for its readers:


Seung-taek Lee at White Cube

May 25 through June 30, 2018

This survey of the South Korean artist’s work is his first comprehensive solo show in the UK. It features re-creations of his major installations from the 1960s alongside sculptures and drawings, many of which will be shown publicly for the first time since their destruction. The sculptures were originally created out of sheets of cheap, factory-produced vinyl and embodies the modern lifestyle of the late 1960s in South Korea.

Werner Buttner’s “Plenty of Room for all Sorts of Happiness” at Marlborough Fine Art

May 24 through June 23, 2018

The exhibition features new works created in the past two years together with a selection of paintings from the 1980s when Buttner gained worldwide popularity as part of a new generation of German artists. The works from 1981 -1989, with their dark imagery and paint handling are considered emblematic of their time.  The new works will aim to highlight continuities as well as differences with the older works, which often presented a caustic view of contemporary society, politics, and art itself.

Neil Haas and Patrick Procktor at The Approach

May 24 through June 17, 2018

The show brings together the watercolors of the late British artist Patrick Procktor (1936- 2003) and the drawings by the London-based artist Neil Haas (b.1971), focusing on the artists' shared interests in portraiture and the male anatomy. Procktor, who rose to fame with a sell-out show at London’s Redfern Gallery in 1963, effortlessly bridged the hedonistic worlds of art, music and fashion. “In contrast Neil Haas’s drawings are sourced from men’s fashion and lifestyle magazines or the internet,” the gallery says. “Like Procktor, Haas also works in various media such as painting, sculpture, textile and performance, some elements of which are included in the show.”

“a thousand realities from an original mark” by Leonor Antunes at Marian Goodman Gallery

May 24 through June 17, 2018

This is the Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes’ first exhibition with the gallery. The artist has been inspired by influential female figures from 20th century such as Anni Albers, Mary Martin and Eileen Gray. Antunes combines traditional craftsmanship from around the world with materials such as rope, leather, cork, wood, brass, and rubber. On view are new sculptures that create a dialogue with the architecture of the gallery space.

“Invisible Landscapes” at Royal Academy of Arts

Running through March 4, 2019

The exhibition examines the often invisible presence of digital technology that surrounds us in our day-to-day lives. The show invites practice-based researchers to present work in three interconnected acts. The installations on view reflect how architecture can respond to modern day issues related to technology and put forward new ways of living and belonging in an increasingly digital community. The first commissioned architects are the Barcelona-based architecture practice MAIO. According to the museum, “Their work examines spatial systems that allow theoretical and practical positions to converge.”

“Spiegelgasse (Mirror Alley)” at Hauser & Wirth

Running through 28 July, 2018

This exhibition takes its name from the street that housed Cabaret Voltaire – the birthplace of Dada in Zurich, Switzerland.  “Spiegelgasse,” which translates as “mirror alley,” will present works by Swiss artists from the 1930sto the present. The basis of this show is the back and forth between the real and its subjective shadow that leads to examining the legacies of Dadaist and Surrealist Art. “The works on view act as a hall of mirrors through which artists’ practices encounter, reflect, fragment, and recombine through time,” the gallery said.


Rene Magritte (Or: The Rule of Metaphor)” at Luxembourg & Dayan

Running through May 26, 2018

An exhibition dedicated to the artist’s development of early word pictures. It sheds light on Magritte’s early years in Paris from 1927 to 1930. The installation goes beyond the artist’s use of language and reveals the growth of his word-pictures in relation to their metaphorical function. The artworks function as figurative and even abstract gestures that stand in for conceptual tropes.

Ian Cheng’s “Emissaries” at Serpentine Galleries

Running through May 28, 2018

The show features Cheng’s “Emissaries” trilogy (2015-17). It is described as a “habitat for stories” or ”video game that plays itself.” Each episode is a computer-generated simulation containing various flora and fauna. These interact and recombine in open-ended narratives. According to the gallery, “Cheng’s work explores mutation, the history of human consciousness and our capacity as a species to relate to change.”


Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT” at National Portrait Gallery

Running through May 28, 2018

The exhibition focuses on portraiture primarily through the medium of 16mm film. It is also the first in the gallery’s history to be dedicated to the medium of film. The show highlights the artist’s long-standing interest in portraiture as a genre. On view are Dean’s films such as “Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS...” (2008), “Manhattan Mouse Museum” (2011) and her film diptych of Julie Mehretu“GDGDA” (2011). All have been previously unseen in the UK. Also on view are two films made especially for this show by Dean: “Providence” and “His Picture in Little.”


“Surface Work” at Victoria Miro Mayfair

Running through June 16, 2018

This is a cross-generational, international exhibition that celebrates women artists who have influenced and expanded the definition and visual language of abstract painting. On view are works by more than 50 artists from North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The earliest work in the show is an ink on paper work by the Russian Constructivist Liubov Popova. More recent works are by artists such as Adriana Varejão, Svenja Deininger and ELIZABETH NEEL. These have been created especially for the show.

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibitions.

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